Definition of commissioner in English:


Syllabification: com·mis·sion·er
Pronunciation: /kəˈmiSH(ə)nər
(abbreviation: comm.)


  • 1A person appointed to a role on or by a commission: the traffic commissioner the New York State Health Commissioner
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    • The traffic commissioner's office, once located in Talbot Road, Old Trafford, was moved to Yorkshire in 1997.
    • I will be most interested to see what role the commissioners will be carrying out.
    • The commissioner's role will be to receive and process complaints about judges, to identify those requiring a full investigation because they raise a question of removal of a judge.
  • 1.1North American A person appointed to regulate a particular sport: the baseball commissioner
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    • He contends that in a misguided effort to promote baseball, the commissioner and owners have bent their sport out of shape.
    • Then, on his way to his office at Milwaukee's County Stadium, the baseball commissioner stopped to do a family errand.
    • Compared with commissioners in other pro sports who are hired by team owners, he has considerably more power in regard to competition.
  • 1.2A representative of the supreme authority in an area.
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    • The high court has ordered that deputy commissioners and local authorities should not permit land conversion and construction without sanction of the metropolitan planning authorities.
    • The commissioners were official representatives who were supposed to explain why their state had seceded and encourage similar action from their audiences.
    • He added that matter would be further discussed at the next joint meeting of the township commissioners and sewage authority at 4 p.m.



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  • If some day, let's say re-elected or whatever, he was offered the commissionership of baseball?
  • The commissionership isn't a lifetime appointment.
  • ‘County residents will suffer if an inexperienced candidate is awarded the commissionership on election day,’.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin commissionarius, from Latin commissio (see commission).

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